Snow in mid-April.

Snow in mid-April.

Me with iced tea.

Me with iced tea.

The beauty is not in the walking in Dear Esther

The beauty is not in the walking in Dear Esther

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On a whim over the weekend, I loaded up Dear Esther. Besides my other plan to beat all those Metal Gear games in order of release, which is moving along swimmingly, thanks for asking, I am also trying to tackle many of the acclaimed indie games from years prior. Y’know, the bigsmall games. The ones that generally feature some sort of unique gimmick and demand you think about things more than…

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A comic about baseball.

A comic about baseball.

A new comic.

A new comic.

GAMES I REGRET PARTING WITH: Blazing Dragons

GAMES I REGRET PARTING WITH: Blazing Dragons

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Videogame consoles have never been thought of as the go-to venue for adventure games. Gameplay in point-and-click adventure games often ask you to review a single stationary scene, point at many things with a cursor, and click on them to see what happens. Nine-point-nine times out of ten, you’re doing this with a mouse–thus, the clicking.

Unfortunately, console controllers are not designed for…

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A bird comic.

A bird comic.

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Anticipating the strangeness that is Nintendo’s Tomodachi Life

Anticipating the strangeness that is Nintendo’s Tomodachi Life

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Over the years here on Grinding Down, I’ve gotten further and further away from what other websites might call “preview coverage” of the videogames still to come out. Mainly the ones I’m interested in. Which is, without a doubt, dozens upon dozens. Really, I want to play just about anything, though we all know, based on time, money, and the consoles I do own, that is never going to happen.…

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Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake, where stealthy men are made

Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake, where stealthy men are made

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So, this plan of mine to play through all of these Metal Gear games in order of release…hmm. I knew going in that the first two games–Metal Gear and Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake–were going to prove the most difficult of the bunch, and that’s mostly because they are…well, old. That’s not to say that all older games are more difficult by default (and design), but it does seem to be the case with me,…

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Crackdown’s aimlessly emergent leap of faith

Crackdown’s aimlessly emergent leap of faith

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Occasionally, I will pop into Crackdown, kick a few gang members in the gut, leap up like a European tree frog to the top of some buildings, and collect a couple of Agility Orbs. If I get lucky, I’ll also take out a gang leader or unlock another agency supply point, which acts as an ammo-refilling and fast-travel hotspot. Given the size of the map for Pacific City, these waypoints are vitalto…

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